Tetelestai! (It is finished!) – John 19:30

FullSizeRender 4“Tetelestai!” – one word Christ uttered from the cross just before He commended His Spirit into the Father’s hand. “Tetelestai!” meaning, quite simply, “It is finished!.” Done. Completed. Over.

The perfect life He lived: “Tetelestai.”

The fulfillment of the law and the prophets: “Tetelestai.”

The final substitutionary death of Christ which paid in full the sentence for the sins of humankind: “Tetelestai.”

Any work of our own to help pay the price, or please God, or earn anything spiritually: “Tetelestai.”

There’s nothing we can do, because it’s already been done: “Tetelestai.”

This is probably the biggest temptation of religious followers of Christ – to add something to the death and resurrection of Jesus. We don’t receive things well. We are dying for something to do. We want to have some piece of the pie. We want to prove something by going to church, serving in some capacity, witnessing, reading our Bibles, having a quiet time, tithing, even giving to the poor, though Jesus has asked us to do this, will not serve to gain us one inch of spiritual ground from God, because there is no such thing. Nothing can be added to this. All of these good things grow out of being saved, but they have nothing to do with getting us saved, because the work of salvation has already been completed. “Tetelestai.”

Because of Tetelestai, the grace of God is now freely poured out upon all. No more sacrifices necessary. “Tetelestai.”

Grace poured out on us. Grace through us to all.

I have a black T-shirt that has an artist’s rendering of a large silver chalice overflowing with thick red liquid running down the side of the chalice and flowing out on the ground. It is the blood of Jesus ever ready to make atonement for the sins we realize we have committed. It was done on the cross: it is made available today — every day.

The blood will never lose its power
by Andrae Crouch

The blood that Jesus shed for me
Way back on Calvary
Oh the blood that gives me strength
From day to day
It will never lose its power

For it reaches to the highest mountain
And it flows to the lowest valley
The blood that gives me strength
From day to day
It will never lose its power

Oh it soothes my doubts
And calms my fears
And it dries all my tears
Oh the blood that gives me strength
From day to day
It will never lose its power

It is finished. Done. Completed. Open your heart and receive it. “Tetelestai.”

Click on picture above to listen to a captivating musical rendering of “Tetelestai” by our good friend Paul Clark.

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4 Responses to ‘Tetelestai’

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    Wishing all of the Catch family a nice and happy Good Friday and Happy Easter too…:)

  2. It’s Friday… But Sunday’s a comin’:

    God’s blessings to all of you this weekend – and beyond…

  3. Mark Seguin says:

    My dear brother bobnearsteattle: Thx for the very good video and God’s speed & blessings to you…
    PS who’s the speaker? his voice sounds very i’ve heard him before…

    • I don’t know who the speaker is in this video although, to me, it almost sounds like Samuel L. Jackson!
      I first heard this message preached 30-some years ago by Tony Campolo who, himself, heard it from Dr. S, M. Lockridge, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego.

      If you’d like to hear another stirring message by Dr. Lockridge, listen to his sermon “That’s My King”. This is his entire message so it’s a little over an hour long:


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